WSSU Chancellor Reaves Serves as Speaker For FSU Graduation

May 20, 2014

Winston-Salem State University Chancellor Donald J. Reaves addressed the 683 graduates during the 147th Spring Commencement of Fayetteville State University on Saturday, May 10, in the Crown Coliseum.

Reaves compared the graduates' educational journey to a road trip, when children in the back seat keep asking, "Are we there yet?"  Formerly a truck driver, Reaves said he knows a little something about road trips.  He learned to stop at rest stops along the way and deal with detours when they came.

"The answer to the question 'Are you there yet?' is probably 'no.'  No, you have not arrived at your final destination because the road never ends," he said.  "There are phases to the journey and, necessarily, there are numerous rest stops, some detours and some redirections, but each leg of the journey will provide opportunities for further growth and development, for transformation, each representing another stage in your becoming what you shall be one day."

The graduate who seemed to stand out the most and the one who received a standing ovation was Grace Myrick.  FSU Chancellor James A. Anderson, who presided over the commencement, had the audience stand as the 73-year-old received her degree in psychology.

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